ARE YOU EXPERICING A WATER HEATER LEAK?
You may walk into your mechanical room to change your air filter and suddenly notice a puddle of water near your water heater. What could be the reason for this puddle? Is this an emergency? Check out these common causes for a water heater leak. If problems persist – “Call the Guys You Can Trust” at Colony.
· The Cold and Hot Water Connections: If you notice water dripping from the cold and hot water connections, it may be an easy fix. If they were installed with the factory recommended unions – they can be tightened! Although, 90% of the hot and cold lines cannot be tightened because they have copper adaptor soldered straight onto them. Therefore, they cannot be tightened without shutting off the water, draining the system down, cutting the copper, tightening it, and finally re-soldering the copper. If you are unsure, call the professionals at Colony.
· The Water Heater Drain Valve: If the water is leaking from the drain valve, make sure it is completely closed. If it continues to leak, it may need replaced entirely although this is a relatively inexpensive fix.
· The Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve: The temperature and pressure relief valve plays an important role in the operation of your water heater. Essentially, it monitors the water temperature and pressure within the tank. However, if there is too much pressure within the tank, or the water becomes too hot, the valve will drain some water out of the tank. If this is the source of the leak, you will most likely see water draining down the side of your tank. This could potentially become a big problem. Give us a call for a professional inspection.
· The Bottom of the Tank: After years of sediment build up in the bottom of the water heater tank, the physical tank will begin to corrode and begin to leak. Above all, if this is the case, the water heater will need to be replaced.